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Things to do in Burlington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Great for the entire family. Learn about Lake Champlain and all the creatures that live here. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Hands down one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Reservations are necessary but walk-ins can be taken at the bar or chef’s table”
  • 56 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A solid place to get American food like burgers and chops. They use locally sourced ingredients and have an expansive beer menu. Solid food and lively atmosphere. Be prepared to wait if it’s high season. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Park
“Waterfront Park is a large regional park located to the west of downtown along the Lake Champlain Shoreline. This park is home to several large music and food festivals, with the Burlington Bike Path running along its eastern border. The park is immediately adjacent to the Community Boathouse, the ECHO Museum, and Lake Champlain Sailing Center. The park can be accessed via College & Lake Streets and Penny Lane. Parking is available at the nearby Pease lot.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Delicious, locally- sourced ingredients makes for great pizza and salads!! Full bar with Zero Gravity beer on tap- Live music outside in the water months. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Excellent breakfast, brunch lunch spot. Menu has good choices for all dietary tastes. Very busy and doesn't accept reservations, so be sure to plan on getting there early and possibly strolling around Church St. while waiting for a table.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Fully restored Art Deco theatre- beautiful space that hosts fantastic entertainment.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food with local ingredients AND also a fun event space with excellent live music. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“Restaurant and brewery. This was the cider that made me think of cider in a whole new delicious way.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bus Station
“One of Burlington's main attractions. This open-air pedestrian shopping & dining mall was the original concept of the designer who went on to create Boulder, Colorado's Pearl Street. Year round there are frequent parades and festivals. In the summer there are street performers and musicians.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This historic street in Burlington, VT has boutique shopping and dining. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This funky, local gem is actually three places- 1- Radio Bean, a small, eclectic place with a wide variety of live music and a bar. 2. Duino Duende a restaurant with locally sourced, creative food based on street food from around the world- 3. Light Club Lamp Shop -Great live music spot with full bar- these three places are all connected to each other so you don't even have to go outside to move from one to the next- Vegan and meat eater alike will be happy with their offerings- A local hipster hangout. Very fun.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Classic French food right on Church street- great people watching in the summer! A favorite with locals and visitors. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Boisterous taproom with bangin' local beers. Snacks come from next door restaurant the Great Northern. Don't miss the fried cheese curds!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Tiny Thai is not your typical Thai restaurant. We do not serve “Royal” Thai Cuisine, nor do we play old style Thai classical music in a quiet, dimly lit environment. On the contrary! A visit to Tiny Thai will enlighten you as to how Thai food is enjoyed in Thailand itself. Tiny Thai specializes in the common dishes you would see in many food stalls, family dinner tables and on many street food vendors' carts. Our atmosphere is casual and friendly. Give us a try, you'll be surprised!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Microbrewery specializing in unfiltered ales offering weekly tours, a tasting room & a store.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Hands down one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Reservations are necessary but walk-ins can be taken at the bar or chef’s table”
  • 56 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A solid place to get American food like burgers and chops. They use locally sourced ingredients and have an expansive beer menu. Solid food and lively atmosphere. Be prepared to wait if it’s high season. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Delicious, locally- sourced ingredients makes for great pizza and salads!! Full bar with Zero Gravity beer on tap- Live music outside in the water months. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Excellent breakfast, brunch lunch spot. Menu has good choices for all dietary tastes. Very busy and doesn't accept reservations, so be sure to plan on getting there early and possibly strolling around Church St. while waiting for a table.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food with local ingredients AND also a fun event space with excellent live music. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“Restaurant and brewery. This was the cider that made me think of cider in a whole new delicious way.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This funky, local gem is actually three places- 1- Radio Bean, a small, eclectic place with a wide variety of live music and a bar. 2. Duino Duende a restaurant with locally sourced, creative food based on street food from around the world- 3. Light Club Lamp Shop -Great live music spot with full bar- these three places are all connected to each other so you don't even have to go outside to move from one to the next- Vegan and meat eater alike will be happy with their offerings- A local hipster hangout. Very fun.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Classic French food right on Church street- great people watching in the summer! A favorite with locals and visitors. ”
  • 53 locals recommend

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